NQC coverage and attention have sort of sucked a lot of non-convention oxygen out of the room lately, so consider this your open thread for non-NQC stuff. Some things to get us started.
- Karen Peck Gooch is the new president of the SGMA, and the association’s first female leader. Better late than never, of course.
- I didn’t go to the pyrotechnic pianos or whatever the NQC piano showcase is now called because … well, it usually amounts to pyrotechnic pianos. But reader KC sent along this clip of Stan Whitmire defying my expectations. It won’t knock the top of your head off, or anything, but given that these piano showcases usually devolve pretty quickly into Battles of Flamboyance, tasteful and reserved is quite an achievement all the same. I’d recommend listening but not watching the clip, since the handheld videography gave me motion sickness.
- Jeff Foster is the latest addition to the southern gospel blog world. Welcome.
- Barbara Mandrell is getting another honor from the sg world. This time: The James D. Vaughan Impact Award. I remain confused.
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